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The Towers of Samarcand (The Mistra Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 3 in The Mistra Chronicles (3 Book Series)
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Having mentioned this, the main characteristic of this book is that it is "more of the same" in most respects bar one. The exception is that the "Emperor" who very much takes centre stage in this volume is the much feared and terrible Tamerlane, and he does so at the expense of Sultan Bayezit whom he crushes and capture at the battle of Ankara in 1402.
For me, the characterisation of Tamerlane is one of the strongest features of this book and perhaps one of the ones I appreciated the most, essentially because the portrait of the ageing conqueror seems to have more depth than most (if not all) of the other characters. Here the author has clearly emphasised some of his known historical features while also mostly avoiding the usual clichés (Tamerlane "the bloodthirsty monster") and showing that his terror tactics and his mountains of skulls, inherited from the time of Genghis Khan, served a grim purpose. The two examples given - the destruction of cities in Syria and the storming of Phocaea defended by the Knights of the Hospital and the wiping out of every human being - are historical were meant to illustrate what happened when the enemy was either "treacherous" (seen from Tamerlane's point of view since they broke the truce in Syria and attacked his camp) or just defied him by refusing to surrender, as at Phocaea. That such terror was also fuelled by the more vicious, and at times sadistic, behaviour of the ageing conqueror is also possible. It is illustrated rather well in the book although the author seems to have mostly managed to avoid "overdoing" this aspect.Read more ›
is a must for historical fiction readers.
I am sure some will enjoy this kind of complexity, but it wasn't for me.
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I bought this book for my husband. As he loves historical fiction and this did not disappoint. This I the second in this seriesPublished 2 months ago by HMY49
Another masterpiece. I was entranced. The odyssey continues - and I now cannot wait until the journey is resumed in July.Published 14 months ago by T N B Higginson